Receiving MA Agencies in NH?

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Emsflyer84
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Receiving MA Agencies in NH?

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Hey all, just curious as I like to find some new things to listen to from time to time. I'm on lake Winnipesaukee and I'm curious about what strong transmitters there might be in northern and North Shore, MA area that I might be able to listen to from my house. I've got a rooftop antenna at good elevation. I can see clear across the big lake from Wolfeboro to Alton and Gilford from my roof. Anyone had any luck in this area scanning MA agencies? Mostly interested in public safety. Thanks!

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I would suggest doing some searches. Some of the Uniden scanners have a service search and running Public Safety might show what you can hear better than folks guessing what you might be able to hear.

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Due to conditions that occur from time to time, especially with weather pattern changes, you may get fooled into thinking you can hear great distances depending on when you try your search. This is fun though and called a "band opening" or "tropospheric ducting" (or inappropriately referred to as "skip"), which allows VHF and above signals to travel much farther than they normally would. Here are a few good sources:

http://aprs.mennolink.org/
https://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.html

These allow you to see when the bands are open. The top one is a near-realtime system, the bottom a forecast. So if the bands are not open you'll get a more realistic idea of how far you're able to monitor.

Here's some "light reading" that explains tropospheric ducting.
https://www.dxinfocentre.com/propagation/tr-modes.htm

Always fun to DX and see what's out there. Good luck!
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As others have already said, it depends. Considering many of us "South of Boston" regularly listen to 159.9000 on a stock, back of set, antenna, YMMV
Put the Radio into Search mode, 453-454 and 460-461 or 470-473/482-485 for T-Band See what you hear for UHF/UHF-T
Emsflyer84 wrote:
24 Jun 2021 08:40
Hey all, just curious as I like to find some new things to listen to from time to time. I'm on lake Winnipesaukee and I'm curious about what strong transmitters there might be in northern and North Shore, MA area that I might be able to listen to from my house. I've got a rooftop antenna at good elevation. I can see clear across the big lake from Wolfeboro to Alton and Gilford from my roof. Anyone had any luck in this area scanning MA agencies? Mostly interested in public safety. Thanks!
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ecps92 wrote:
24 Jun 2021 10:10
As others have already said, it depends. Considering many of us "South of Boston" regularly listen to 159.9000 on a stock, back of set, antenna, YMMV
Put the Radio into Search mode, 453-454 and 460-461 or 470-473/482-485 for T-Band See what you hear for UHF/UHF-T
Add to that, for us to hear agencies in Merrimack County are not a stretch, without much need for any super antennas or height when the weather conditions allow. (See Scott's post about DX)

I will also highly recommend if you start hearing DX frequencies, start a post with the day you're hearing them and share. (See the forum to see what I am talking about). Sometimes we're busy or on other reception trips and not realize there is an opening until someone posts.

https://www.scan-ne.net/sne/viewforum.php?f=22
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